Panel to explore how African Americans have embraced co-ops as social justice tool

feb 13 panel 500 333 edits 6fe06feb 13 panel 500 333 edits 6fe06Moderated by Ellis Carr, far left, next week's panel includes, from left: Jessica Gordon Nembhard, LaKeisha Wolf, Alex Serrano and Cornelius Blanding.There’s still time to register for “The Power of Cooperative Ownership in the Black Community,” a panel discussion featuring academics, co-op leaders, activists and entrepreneurs hosted by NCBA CLUSA on Monday, February 13 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Coinciding with Black History Month observances, this panel will offer a unique perspective on the Black experience in the U.S., arguing that co-ops not only should be—but have historically been—a social justice tool within Black communities.

From financial independence and desegregated housing, to small farmer empowerment and food security, cooperatives are an integral part of the Black experience that has often been silenced. Cooperative ownership continues to play a significant role in social and economic development in the Black community.

Moderated by Ellis Carr, president and CEO of Capital Impact Partners, the panel includes: Cornelius Blanding, executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund; Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice; Alex Serrano, vice president of Strategic Development for NCBA CLUSA; and LaKeisha Wolf, executive director of the Ujamaa Collective.

Our panelists will discuss the historic role cooperatives have played in generating economic opportunities for Black Americans and explore the potential of cooperatives to drive economic growth and social progress in the U.S. and globally.

While this event is free, registration is requested.


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